Summary: Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been charged with a public order offense after being arrested outside an oil and gas industry conference in London. The charges come after Thunberg and other protesters gathered outside the luxury InterContinental Hotel, calling for the end of fossil fuel companies’ influence.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been charged with a public order offense following her arrest at a demonstration outside an oil and gas industry conference in London. The 20-year-old Swedish campaigner was among 26 people charged by the Metropolitan Police force after protesters rallied outside the InterContinental Hotel during the Energy Intelligence Forum. Chanting slogans such as ‘oily money out’, the protesters aimed to block access to the hotel. Thunberg was subsequently detained and released overnight. She has been charged with breaching a section of the Public Order Act and is scheduled to appear in court on November 15.
The conference, which features influential speakers from major energy companies, including Shell and Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, has drawn criticism from the protesters who accuse fossil fuel companies of obstructing global energy transition to secure higher profits. The activists also oppose the UK government’s approval of oil drilling in the North Sea. Thunberg rose to prominence for her weekly protests outside the Swedish Parliament, demanding more action against climate change. The 20-year-old was recently fined by a Swedish court for disobeying police during another environmental protest in her home country.
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